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Monday Reflections with Students: Trevor Neely

Monday Reflections with Trevor Neely

What are you liking the most about BHS right now?
Compared to junior high, I like that we have more freedom and more trust.

What lesson have you enjoyed the most in your classes?
I enjoyed dissecting pigs in Coach Harris's class.

What technology tool do you most like using in class?
I like using Kahoot in my classes. I also enjoyed using the microphone ball in Mrs. Marley's class today.

What is one thing that you appreciate when teachers do?
I really appreciate when the teachers recognize your hard work and let you know you are doing a good job.

In the past week, what is one new concept to you that you learned in class?
In algebra (in Mrs. Gallway's class), we are learning new concepts.

What are you looking forward to this school year?
I am happy to have made it through freshman year with nothing bad happening.

What are your plans after high school?
I plan on getting a scholarship to go to a four-year university and majoring in sports management.

Fab Find Friday: FitBoost Brain Breaks

Check out this awesome website for doing some fun brain breaks in your classroom! 

Our 1000th Blog Post from #BISDwired

Here are some of our most popular blog post from this school year:
(All have over one thousand views)

Thursday, 9/8/16: 

Wednesday, 12/7/16:  

Friday, 1/6/17:  

Friday, 1/20/17:  

Friday, 2/14/17:  

Wednesday, 3/1/17:  

Ok, so now it's your turn!  Please tweet us at #bisdwired and tell us about your favorite blog post from Brenham Tech Daily this past school year (2016/2017)!  We look forward to reading it!

Feel free to also tell us in the comments below, on Facebook, and/or on your Google+ account!  Thanks! 

Finally, below in the survey, tell us why you read our blog.  Have you been a reader since 2011?  What post has meant the most to you?  What can we do to improve our content for you?  Here's to another 6 years and a thousand more posts!

Web Tool Wednesday - XP Math

Looking for a place to help integrate Common Core State Math Standards?  XP Math is a good collection of online math games for students grades 2-9. The games section of XP Math offers games such as number operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and probability.

There is a classroom option that lets you create an account on XP Math and you can keep track of your students' game scores. The math games are inspired by characters and themes from other popular culture that students will enjoy playing.  Who doesn't enjoy learning math while battling as Captain America or playing Deal or No Deal? 

There are over one hundred games that can be chosen by topic or math standard.  

Teaching Tip Tuesday: Classic Tool That Has Reinvented Itself- Padlet Update (Brainstorming, Mind Maps, and More)

Padlet Update You Will Love
As a teacher, Padlet was always my go to tool. It is super user-friendly, fast, and a great collaborative tool. If you don't know, Padlet is like a virtual corkboard where students can post thoughts onto one place. It is easy for every grade level and can be done on a Chromebook, iPad, or phone. You just double click, a textbook appears, and you can start typing. Here are some examples--

NOW, Padlet can do even more. Check out this article here describing the new updates. Look at this brand new option--
How does this work? You make your posts, and then click the three dots and click connect post. This will let you connect different posts. See below-
Now, think of the options in your classroom...
*Mind Maps

Monday Reflections: Our #Bisdwired buddy, Jesus Gatica


What are you liking the most about BES right now?
All the technology we get to use in class. 

What lesson have you enjoyed the most in your classes?
Learning all about Antonyms and Synonyms

What technology tool do you most like using in class?
All of the technology tools that the teachers allow us to use. My favorite Google tool is using Google Sites. I even made my own Google Site!

What is one thing that you appreciate when teachers do?
I like when the teachers talk about new lessons, especially when technology is involved.

In the past week, what is one new concept to you that you learned in class?
How to use the new and improved Google Sites!

What are you looking forward to this school year?
Getting able to use more technology in class after we take our big state test

What are your plans after high school?
I want to go work for Google or have a job with using technology. Maybe become an Instructional Technology Specialist like Mr. Spall.

This past Friday, 5/12/17, Jesus was able to fufill a year long goal and come visit the Brenham ISD Technology Dept.
Read all about his visit HERE!

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Fab Find Friday: End-of-year projects, ideas, and tips!

"I can't wait to finally be done with testing so we can start having fun!"

Why!? Why do you have to wait until May to start having a fun environment in your classroom?  Projects, PBL, hands-on activities, outdoor learning environments, unconventional teaching strategies, increased use of technology, etc... can all be utilized throughout the ENTIRE school year!  

If you haven't started yet, how about starting now?  Instead of busting out a countdown clock, or crossing out dates on a calender until the last day of school, how about trying some of the great teaching ideas listed below!

Love this quote from my buddy +Michael Ogg (@PrincipalOgg)
During this time of year, I always felt like it was an entirely new year.  A "second chance" to make right any failed attempts during the year.  We were done with testing, positive attitudes took over, engagement and student inquiry went through the roof, and my students were having fun!  Here are some of my ideas followed by a couple helpful links to some more great suggestions:

How about letting students explore their Google Drive.  Let them learn how to upload, create folders, and organize their Drive.  Let them explore with Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides, Drawings and more!  Give mini-tutorials or even let you students create tutorials to teach peers in the class.  Have your upper-grade students go down to the lower grades with their Chromebooks and teach the younger students how to use them before next year.

Have students create end of the year Posters in Google Draw.  Or let them create a newsletter in Lucidpress exploring their recent school year or what their plans are for this summer!  Have them create a Google Slide Presentation over a content TEK they had trouble with this year but now have mastered.  Talk about what confused them about the objective, misconceptions they had, and how they finally mastered it.

Create and plan a summer connection series with your students through Google Classroom.  Fun summer assignments, book study, or even summer journal assignments to increase writing/typing skills.  Send home summer tutorials about next grade level objectives, standards, or TEKS that they will see at the beginning of the next school year.  Share with them bios about their awesome new teachers coming up in the new school year.

Here are many more ideas:

6 Engaging End-of-year projects 
From: Edutopia

From: Teachhub

From: Scholastic

From: WeAreTeachers

Creative Book Trailer Ideas / EOY Projects
From: #BISDwired

Enjoy the rest of this AWESOME school year!